Artists Karolina Włodek
Genre Object
Edition Survival 16

The object consists of multiple power splitter that make it possible to plug in more than one piece of electrical equipment. The Polish name złodziejka (“thief”) comes from a time when electricity meters where not commonly used, and electricity bills depended on the number of sockets at home.
A splitter is plugged into a splitter, which is plugged into another and another one… At a glance – not much work, but in practice it is more than you could expect. Multiplying capital, big potential, high hopes. The effect? Quite disappointing – the entire installation powers just one weak (25 W) light bulb.
The work is a metaphorical representation of dreams, investments and failures. It talks about putting in effort in combination with shady practices intended to save some money, which ends up a flop.


photo: Małgorzata Kujda (1, 2, 3, 4), Wojciech Chrubasik (5, 6, 7, 8)

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